Our first big outing and tour in Honduras was to a place called RVS Cuero y Salado which is a mangrove estuary. Alex told us to be at breakfast by 6:00 and on the bus by 6:30. The bus trip only took 20 minutes where we would board the "Banana Train" at 7:00. Banana Train?
|Bird Nerds on Banana Train|
Train - well, it was on tracks. The engine consisted of an engine mounted right next to the driver who had a lever and a brake pedal. That's it. 2 cars were attached to carry all of our group plus the regular passengers such as school children.
The track was one long straight line that took us through really poor rural housing, fields that used to be banana plantations and swamps.
|Linda - Banana Train|
|Connie and friend|
|Di and Barbara ride the train|
|Birders in boats|
Kingfishers are abundant in Central America. Unlike our area where we only have one type (Belted), Honduras has 6 types that can be seen. We found 3 of them along the estuary. Here is Ringed Kingfisher which looks the most like our Belted except it has a rufous belly.
|Male Howler Monkey|
|Juvenile Howler Monkey|
How cute is this?